William Varner Fort Valley State U, United States of America
Our mission is to transform more than 200 acres of land in poverty-stricken rural Zambia into a model holistic sustainable community development program which addresses the requisite human needs of clean water, sufficient food, sanitation, health care, a home for the orphans, proper education, Adult Literacy, ample employment and business opportunities, and a healthy ecosystem. There will also be a Community Services Program in which all abled members of the community will be required to participate and which will build on the unity, efficiency and cooperation in and outside their community. Commercial projects will consist of animal and plant husbandry, a plant nursery, fruit orchards, a cannery, a fishery, reforestation, and a recycling plant.
We are an international nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that is working in rural villages in Zambia, where systemic poverty persists, where the average life expectancy is only 58 years, and where obtaining requisite life necessities such as clean water and food is often a daily struggle between life or death. Most citizens in rural Zambia of all ages suffer from illiteracy. This invisible and debilitating social illness puts them at great risk for disease, abuse, injury, exploitation and lost opportunities. Those who suffer most are the mothers and girl children, the current and future mothers and educators of the nation, resulting in a devastating national developmental crisis. The nearest school to the villages we serve is 10 kilometers and must be walked. The few children who are able to walk the distance average 10 years of age when they begin first grade and average 17 when they complete Primary. This causes disillusionment, low self-esteem, and creates a lack of motivation to continue their education.